Enter what looks like a tiny smoke shop in an Exposition Park mini-mall, step up to the counter and whisper the phrase “Billie sent me,” and you’ll be transported (we won’t spoil how) into a 1,500-square-foot, speakeasy-themed dispensary by and for women of color, complete with chandeliers, flocked wallpaper and a bathroom that boasts an ostrich-feather selfie wall. Most of the offerings are organized by effect; small, colorful signs around the room read focus, energize, uplift, relieve and relax. But there’s one display case merchandised solely with BIPOC- and women-owned brands including Sundae School, Kush Queen, Biko, SF Roots, Tical and Ball Family Farms. The last of those has collaborated with the duo running the show (founder and Chief Executive Whitney Beatty and Chief Operating Officer Ebony Andersen) to create two exclusive strains that pay homage to the dispensary namesakes. Billie (after Billie Holiday) aims for a relaxing effect, and Josephine (after Josephine Baker) is described as uplifting.
Opened: Oct. 29, 2021